Psoriasis consists of in raised red patches that are covered with light-colored
scales on the lower back, most commonly on the knees and elbows, or on the scalp.
Other varieties of psoriasis can cause small red spots, white pustules, smooth
red lesions where the skin folds, and widespread redness, itching, and pain.
What Causes Psoriasis?
Scientific research indicates that psoriasis may be a disorder that causes our
immune system to over-react and rapidly accelerate the production of skin cells.
Instead of growing normally and being replaced every month, the cells may mature
in as little as three days and pile up on the surface of the skin. Genetics
may also play a role, and injuries to the skin, stress, sunburn trauma and other
events may lead to an outbreak as well.
What Are The Symptoms of Psoriasis?
In addition to the visible signs listed above, psoriasis can cause discomfort
(itching or pain) but very mild cases may remain unnoticed. Embarrassment about
appearance is also a common reason for treatment.
How Is Psoriasis Treated at the Manhattan Center for Dermatology?
After a careful examination to determine the type and severity of the psoriasis,
treatment options may include creams or lotions, phototherapy that may utilize
UV lights, or certain prescribed medications. Since no one treatment is best
for everyone, the treatment that provides you with the most relief with the
fewest side effects is our goal.
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